China urges reversal of steep new US tar­iffs

China has lodged solemn com­plaints with the US side through multiple chan­nels.”

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Page Two - And in Bei­jing

China urged the United States on Fri­day to re­voke its de­ci­sion to im­pose im­me­di­ate, steep tar­iffs on im­ports of for­eign steel and alu­minum prod­ucts, which the Min­istry of Com­merce said would se­ri­ously dis­turb global trade.

China’s move came af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed two procla­ma­tions on Thurs­day to levy a 25 per­cent tar­iff on steel and a 10 per­cent tar­iff on alu­minum while of­fer­ing po­ten­tial ex­emp­tions for Canada and Mex­ico. Trump said the penal­ties may “go up or down de­pend­ing on the coun­try, and I’ll have a right to drop out coun­tries or add coun­tries”.

Wang He­jun, head of the trade rem­edy and in­ves­ti­ga­tion bureau of the Min­istry

trade rem­edy and in­ves­ti­ga­tion head, Min­istry of Com­merce of Com­merce, said the US mea­sures are in essence trade pro­tec­tion­ism in the guise of na­tional se­cu­rity. Most US steel and alu­minum im­ports are for civil use and by no means im­pair US na­tional se­cu­rity.

Wang said the US abuse of the


US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signs a pres­i­den­tial procla­ma­tion plac­ing tar­iffs on steel and alu­minum im­ports while sur­rounded by workers from those in­dus­tries at the White House in Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day.

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